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Children's Health

Collaboration focuses on protecting children across America from effects of toxic chemicals

With generous support from Jonas Philanthropies, in October 2016 EWG launched the Jonas Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, redoubling EWG’s decades’ long commitment to children’s environmental health with a bold new research agenda for 2017 and beyond.

The mounting evidence connecting children’s exposures to environmental contaminants and serious, life-altering health problems continues to grow, confirming that toxic chemicals in our environment are having adverse impacts on the well-being of our kids. Today, children may be exposed to a wide range of environmental hazards in schools and at home: lead, asbestos, PCBs, flame retardant chemicals, chemicals in cleaning products, pesticides, and various indoor and outdoor air pollutants. EWG has been on the forefront of the fight against these threats to children’s health, empowering parents and all citizens with information on how to avoid toxic exposures in everyday environments.

As part of this partnership, EWG is developing health-based safety standards for hundreds of pollutants that contaminate our air, water and land. The criteria for these limits are based solely on health impacts, and will not be influenced by the interests of polluters who discharge these contaminants into the environment.

Through the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, EWG will build on its established, game-changing research with new content and new communications strategies that will arm parents, politicians and concerned citizens with the tools and data necessary to protect current and future generations of children.

You can learn more by checking out some of our latest research below.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Third-graders’ reading scores in Flint, Mich., have dropped dramatically since the city’s crisis of lead contamination in drinking water began, according to reports in the Detroit Free Press and The New Republic.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tests by drinking water utilities serving 1.8 million Americans in 45 states detected lead above the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level, according to EWG’s analysis of the latest available federal data.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

EWG News Roundup (2/9): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Today EWG praised legislation introduced by Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., that would mandate warnings for cosmetics marketed to children that might contain asbestos.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

If the Environmental Working Group were to assign a book for parents and expectant parents, it would be “Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

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Friday, February 2, 2018

EWG News Roundup 2/2: Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

In September, EWG reported that each year about a third of California toddlers enrolled in Medi-Cal don’t receive lead testing required by law. But the problem is much worse than we estimated.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A new EWG analysis of state records shows that each year between 2012 and 2016, almost three-fourths of California toddlers enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state-run low-income health insurance program, were not tested for lead in their blood.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

You’ve installed smoke detectors and tested for carbon monoxide. But could another dangerous gas be sneaking into your home?

 

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

With all of the chemicals in children’s products, it can be difficult to protect our families from toxic hazards. Knowing what to look for and what kids’ products contain harmful chemicals is the first step. 

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

In his Senate testimony today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt displayed complete contempt for the mission of the department he leads, as well as its efforts to protect human health and the environment, said EWG President Ken Cook.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

EWG News Roundup (1/26): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Theirs aren’t the only faces in Trump’s gallery of regulatory rogues. One year into Trump’s war on public health, here’s a closer look.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Last week, the federal Environmental Protection Agency took steps that could lead to the repeal of health-protective safeguards designed to prevent teenage farmworkers from handling toxic pesticides. But California is having none of it.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

An unbelievably dumb and extremely dangerous dare has gone viral on social media. It’s the “Tide Pod Challenge”: biting down on the small, colorful – and potentially poisonous – packets of liquid laundry detergent until they burst in your mouth. 

Photo courtesy of Mike Mozart via Flickr.com

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is taking steps that could lift health-protective safeguards designed to prevent teenage farmworkers from handling toxic pesticides.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Surrounded by lobbyists for corporate agribusiness, Trump will find kindred spirits on a wide-range of policy positions. 

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Monday, January 8, 2018

President Trump is likely to launch new salvos in his full-scale war on healthy food today, when he addresses the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Once again, experts have found asbestos in cosmetics marketed to kids.

 

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

The troubling news about the presence of asbestos in children’s makeup is the latest example of the deadly fiber contaminating imported products marketed toward children, said Environmental Working Group.

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